Axie Infinity: online games where people earn as they play are transforming gaming

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The ultimate point of playing video games has always been to have fun. Whether it’s Space Invaders or Sonic or Red Dead Redemption, you hit the start button and do your thing until game over – and then you probably wipe the sweat off your hands and do it again.

But a new class of games is emerging where playing is an investment opportunity – and even potentially a way to earn a living. So-called play-to-earn games like Axie Infinity and The Sandbox have been exploding in popularity recently.

What they have in common with many previous classics is that they include complex economic ecosystems. In the 1980s blockbuster Elite, for example, players travelled from planet to planet, trying to increase their credits by buying and selling things like weapons and commodities. Or in life-simulation franchise The Sims, players buy everything from pizzas to houses with Simoleons.

But in these older games, the in-game currency had no value in the real world. There have also been games like World of Warcraft where a grey market for exchanging in-game items and characters grew up around them. But play-to-earn games take this to a whole new level. So how do these games work and where are they heading?

To infinity …

The leader in this new space is Axie Infinity, a Pokémon-style game created by the Vietnamese developer Sky Mavis. It has some 350,000 daily active users, about 40% of whom are in the Philippines, with Venezuela and the US the next two biggest markets.

The game revolves around cute furry creatures called Axies, which players breed, acquire, train, use to complete challenges, and do battle with online. The object of the game is to obtain small love potions (SLPs), which can be used to breed new Axies that can then be deployed within the game.

SLPs double as cryptocurrencies that can be bought and sold on a crypto exchange. Top players are reportedly earning SLP1,500 (US$435/£317) per day from their Axies, though the price of SLPs against the US dollar is constantly changing. It has broadly been rising since 2020, so there is an argument for hanging on to them – or alternatively, selling while the going is good.


Axies themselves can be traded in real life in the likes of the Axie Marketplace as NFTs (non-fungible tokens). NFTs are digital collectables that exist on online ledgers known as blockchains, and are better known for recently taking the art world by storm.

As well as Axies, other in-game items like real estate, flowers, barrels and lamps are all tradeable as NFTs too. These are all bought and sold using ethereum, which is the second biggest cryptocurrency after bitcoin.

This is a welcome improvement on predecessors such as World of Warcraft where trading of gold and in-game assets took place in unaffiliated auction sites, and was grounds for being banned from the game for a long time. By introducing a dedicated marketplace, NFTs and a blockchain, the trading around Axie Infinity and similar games is more secure and means that players actually own the items in question.

To get started on Axie Infinity, players need to buy (or borrow) three Axies. They are available from US$190 (£138), though the current average is about US$350, and higher level, rare or mystic Axies can sell for a lot more.

The most expensive ever Axie, a triple mystic called Angel, sold for ETH300 in late 2020, which was around US$120,000 at the time. Meanwhile, a chunk of in-game real estate went for US$1.5 million earlier in 2021. Monthly trading volumes for all Axie Infinity NFTs currently stand at US$170 million.

Finally, there is another cryptocurrency associated with this game called the Axie Infinity shard (AXS). Investors in AXS have a vote in the governance of the game’s ecosystem, and can also use it to get a share of the community treasury. AXS has also seen an impressive rise recently, up about sixfold in recent weeks. It is the largest gaming cryptocurrency on the market.

…And beyond

Besides Axie Infinity, CryptoKitties is another play-to-earn game that has built up a substantial following. In that game, players buy, breed and trade digital cats using ethereum. Again, these cats are NFTs, which generate wealth not just for the developers but also the player community. The most expensive CryptoKitty sold to date, which was called Dragon, went for ETH600 (around US$170,000 at the time).

Apart from generating real income for players, play-to-earn games also create communities where gamers and creators can meet, share wisdom, and do deals with one another. A good example of this is The Sandbox, a game in the same genre as Minecraft where players build things and exchange with them with one another as NFTs.

This discreet economy is driven by its own cryptocurrency, SAND. One way to make SAND is to sell parcels of digital real estate known as LAND, which players can purchase for their shopfront as a way of sharing experiences with visitors to the world. In February alone, the game announced that a record 2,352 plots of LAND had been sold for a combined US$2.8 million.


With such levels of interest, major brands are seeing the potential to take a piece of this expanding metaverse. For example, The Walking Dead will soon be opening its doors on the platform, allowing players to enter a zombie world within the game, in what Sandbox says is a step towards a “virtual attraction park”. Brands like these are presumably likely to draw a more mainstream audience to the platform.

Now that games like these are possible, it seems likely that they are here to stay. Many games have sustained online communities in the past, but by adding the ability to make financial gains, play-to-earn games will potentially lead to even more successful communities in future. If this corner of gaming is new to you, it’s time to start watching closely.
 

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Kind of on the subject of making money through games, everyone under 25 must know at least 1 guy who tried to find a way to make money playing video games because he never felt like doing a day of honest work in his life.

A guy who I was friends with while I grew up dropped out of school to stream video games and make money from it. I remember him trying to blackpill me from finishing my schooling, "just drop out man you're wasting your time no one gets a job after finishing the course anyway" (complete bullshit, I'm doing well for myself now, misery loves company I guess). He's been at it for 7 years now. From my observations he's pulling in maybe 50$ a month from his streaming gig. As far as I can tell he's able to not be homeless because he shacked up with some fat mexican broad who works to pay for every thing they need, though these days he's probably on unending corona welfare checks.

Once he told me "dude I'm making like 5000$ per month". I told him that was bullshit and he was lying, I could see his donations thing he had on his profile saying how he got like 23$ this month or whatever. He told me he could prove it by showing me his paypal, so I told him "ok prove it, show me." "Ah well dude I can't this month cause the money's all weird but I'll show you next month", one month passes "hey remember how you told me you'd prove it to me by showing me your next month's paypal? go ahead" "lmao dude you're still on that xd xd xd". Stopped talking with that guy around that time. I don't really give a shit if he's making money off streaming or not, and if he managed to get some mexican to pay him to be a NEET then good for him but lying in my face like that to try to show off, no thanks.

I hear the #1 thing kids are saying in those "what do you want to be when you grow up" exercises teachers give out in first grade of whatever is "streamer".
 

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Yeah, before I became red-pilled I had a half jewish (So totally kiked) friend that was the same way.

Mofo borrowed five hundred dollars from me in early college, then when I realized how kiked everything was vanished from my life, unwilling and unable to even pretend to be sympathetic about niggers mugging me or systematically oppressing white kids in our college via their control over many positions (student services, head of English department etc.)

He hit me up two years later to try to say we're friends, then complain about money somehow, hoping for another handout.

The funny thing about him honestly? When I first became red-pilled I told him 'why don't you go to temple if you want a job in gaming or journalism.' He told me that was ridiculous, he went and within a month had a job writing for a gaming rag and got signed onto a team for LoL.

He lost it all because he married some mulatto chick, and whined to me about his Rabbi disapproving, then losing his job, wanting more money.

I told him then that I wouldn't help him, and he disappeared.

Honestly, I count that 500 as money invested in my racial awakening, the best money-education ratio I ever got.
 

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All this shit is gay af. It's part of what ia ruining gaming.
 

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The games so bad they have to pay you to play it. That's not good.

It sounds like a bunch of BS to me. Though playing certain online multiplayer competitive games I often felt like they should be paying people to populate the servers. If there isn't anybody playing for the no life neckbeard stat obsessed nerd fags to farm then what's the point of playing? Without all the terrible players there is basically no one playing. If they all fucked off and played better single player games the game would basically die.

Anyway, I don't see anyone doing well with this. No one is going to pay you anything to play video games. Unless you are one of those popular streamers. But you have to play video games well and have some personality. Also having a talent for talking into a camera and screaming like teenage girl helps. Just go look at the top streamers on Twitch and Jewtube. Look at what they do. You have to do a better version of that.

There are people on YouTube that went to college and are now begging for hipster welfare on YouTube. That guy Civvie11 that does all the FPS games on YouTube, he went to college. There he is on YouTube begging for patreon donations.

So there is a way you can make money with video games. Get into the industry some how or take a shot at streaming. I was even thinking about doing something with video games on YouTube a while back but decided I would rather not turn gaming into a job. I don't want to baby sit a bunch of 10-13 year olds through a camera so streaming was out of the question.

If it was easy to make a lot of money streaming or doing video game videos on YouTube you would see a lot of people doing it. But it's not. A lot video game streamers and YouTubers started out small. They didn't start out with 250,000 subscribers and a patreon pulling in $3,000 a month. They had to build up to that.
 

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Crypto as it is now is without a doubt a good thing... but do we want to gamify crypto in this way? I'm struggling to think of how an "Axie" digital creature provides tangible benefit to the world as a useful resource. Andrew should really write an article on these NFT's that are becoming more prevalent but it seems to me like it is something akin to "gold certificates", which is kinda gay compaired to owning real gold bars.

Well, if it helps chip away at the jewish global central banking apparatus and it's influence then that is a bright side.

I guess the question we have to ask is, is this devaluing the value of crypto or enhancing it?

Video game addiction is a problem though and I fear that developments like this might exacerbate the problem, as it further incentivises people to stay glued to a screen.
 

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Women streamers are worth every dollar though.
 

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Axie Infinity is an interesting case study. From a gaming perspective, it's trash; basically an Early Access game where someone obsessed with Slay the Spire wanted to make a Pokemon knockoff starring calarts blobs, except the only way to get mons is to buy them (hundreds of dollars each, minimum) or breed them (currently about $60 per egg, I think). From a real-world perspective, the end result is hordes of pinoys being paid to stay inside all day, with managers being paid to keep them in line.
 

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This is gonna be the next step for online video games. The pvp junkies are getting bored of full loot pvp. The next step is full nft loot pvp.



Playing video games can be a great escape from our daily lives while providing a challenging and fun experience. Getting paid to play video games would be even better!

Thanks to blockchain, the same technology that underpins bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and digital assets, you can now earn crypto as you play a growing list of some of the most popular new video games.

NFT games enable players to earn cryptocurrency by winning battles or tournaments or selling in-game assets on NFT marketplaces for a profit.

If this sounds like a hobby you would like to take up, keep reading to discover seven NFT games that enable players to earn crypto.

What are NFT Games?
NFT Games are blockchain-based games that have tokenized in-game assets allowing players to collect them as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Some of these games reward players in cryptocurrency, while others enable players to collect in-game NFTs that can then be sold for a potential profit.

Blockchain technology provides decentralization, giving control back to gamers. For instance, gamers who hold the native token of a gaming platform get voting rights.

Traditionally, gaming companies have had all the control. They have raked in plenty of money from in-game transactions, yet players never really own the items they purchase. However, blockchain games are changing this. If you buy an item in a blockchain game, only you own it, and you can do with it as you desire.

More blockchain game projects are springing up thanks to the NFT boom, signaling that this could be the future of gaming.

Top NFT Games
Below is a list of seven popular NFT games that allow players to earn crypto.

Axie Infinity


Axie Infinity is a blockchain game based on Ethereum featuring adorable creatures known as Axies that launched in 2018. No two Axies are the same. Each is unique, with strengths and weaknesses based on its genes.

There are over 500 Axie’s body parts which means that players have a limitless number of body part combinations to use. The categories of Axies include Beast, Plant, Bug, Reptile, Aquatic, and Bird, and these virtual creatures can be common, rare, ultra-rare, or legendary.

The goal of this game is to breed, raise, and battle Axies. You can also trade Axies on the marketplace with other players.

Furthermore, the game allows players to earn Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) tokens while playing. AXS is the governance token in the game that gives players the right to vote for key decisions. It also acts as a currency on the Axie marketplace. Soon, game players will have the opportunity to stake AXS and get more tokens.

The developers of the game will soon add more features like Axie Battle and Axie Land. The co-founders of Axie Infinity are Trung Nguyen and Tu Doan.

CryptoKitties


CryptoKitties was one of the earliest blockchain games in existence. The game allows players to collect and breed virtual kittens that “live” on the Ethereum blockchain. Players can sell CryptoKitties on the platform’s marketplace or on leading NFT marketplaces.

Believe it or not, collecting and breeding digital cats is a popular activity. In 2017, for instance, the popularity of the game caused congestion on the Ethereum network, making headlines. Today, CryptoKitties are still popular, with daily sales hitting over $30,000, according to data from NonFungible.

Every Kitty is unique. You can get a CryptoKitty by buying one on the marketplace or by breeding two Kitties together. Breeding allows players to unlock rare attributes. Also, you can earn rewards by creating a collection of cats.

Once you have a collection, you can take your cats to KittyVerse where they can participate in catfights. You can also solve puzzles alongside other players.

Dapper Labs built the game on Ethereum and released it in November 2017.

Sorare


Sorare is a fantasy football NFT game. Instead of playing traditional fantasy football games, you can switch to Sorare where you will earn prizes for beating other managers. You will get the chance to build and manage your own virtual team composed of digital playing card NFTs. The cards are officially licensed and represent a real-life footballer for a particular season.

Digital cards in this game have several levels of scarcity: unique, super rare, and rare. When you collect a card, you get full ownership, and you can sell it to other players. You can also use a team of five cards in the SO5 game and earn points based on the performance of the footballers in real life. Sorare tracks the individual performance of footballers from 23 leagues.

The developers of Sorare are Nicolas Julia and Adrien Montfort. The game was released in 2018. Sorare is a popular Ethereum-based NFT game with total daily card sales reaching about $159,000.

Gods Unchained


Gods Unchained is another blockchain game where you earn crypto by playing. The game is led by former Game Director of Magic: The Gathering Arena, Chris Clay. In this Ethereum-based game, players collect digital cards and use them to compete against other players.

To win games, players need to be strategic by building a deck with a diverse range of tactics. When you win games in Ranked, you will earn Flux, which you can use to create high-quality cards. You can then trade these high-quality cards on the platform’s marketplace for cryptocurrency.

The daily total sales of Gods Unchained cards is approximately $10,000. Australian-based company Immutable is the developer of the game.

The company received $2.4 million from several investors, including Coinbase Ventures, during the first round of funding in 2018. Immutable also raised $15 million in the second funding round in 2019. Gods Unchained was playable during the closed beta in late 2018. It then opened up its beta to the public in July 2019. By this time, the game had already made approximately $4 million in revenue by selling four million collecting cards.

F1 Delta Time


F1 Delta Time is an NFT game on Ethereum for Formula 1 fans. In the game, players collect unique cars, drivers, and components that exist as in-game NFTs. Each token has a set of stats that affects the car or driver performance. The game also has an ERC-20 token called REVV that acts as the in-game currency. Players can also stake their NFTs to earn REVV.

F1 Delta Time has several features that include Grand Prix Mode, where players can race, Time Trial mode for testing your compositions, and Time Trial Elite, where you can win rewards. The game also offers a workshop for players to equip their cars with parts and drivers with gear.

Animoca Brands is the developer and publisher of this game.

Evolution Land


Evolution Land is a virtual simulation game. The planet has 26 continents, and the basic elements are fire, land, gold, water, wood, and silicon. Players can play with or against each other in activities like construction, mining, scientific research, and PvP. So far, the developers have built two continents: Atlantis (Ethereum-based) and Byzantine (Tron-based).

Players collect and breed Apostles who have various talents determined by their genes. Some Apostles are rarer than others. Talents are increased through education, and there are many career choices for Apostles to choose from. Players can trade in-game assets like land and Apostles in the marketplace.

One of the game’s fungible tokens, KTON, gives holders voting rights through the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). Players will also get a 70 percent share of the revenue from the game.

The author of the game, EvolutionLand, has developed Darwinia Network, a public blockchain for the gaming industry.

ChainZ Arena


ChainZ Arena is a cross-blockchain idle mining RPG game. It operates on Tron, EOS, and Ethereum, giving players a choice of using any of the three chains. Players also mine SOUL tokens as they play or when offline. SOUL is available on all three blockchains.

In the game, players collect Heroes to battle Demons and Bosses in the legendary arena. Moreover, you can equip your Heroes with items from the forge to boost their status. The game rewards players daily for arena ranking. Players can stake SOUL tokens and earn drops in EOS, TRX, or ETH. The game’s exchange is a place where players can trade their Heroes.

MOBOX is the company behind ChainZ Arena.Online gaming now comes with new financial incentives built into games, thanks to the power of NFTs. To learn more about non-fungible tokens (NFTs), click here.
https://www.blocksocial.com/nonfungible-tokens/
 

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I haven't played any of the games, just try to make profit of the token.

For those into BSC, Catnip presale is Sept 1st. Another nft battle game. https://t.me/CatNIPen
 

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On the topic of integrating crypto into vidya, some guys created a system that allows you to gamble on the outcome of your GS:GO matches with the other players. Not sure what that means for 'the future of gaming' or whatever, but I find the idea far less offensive than a generation of crypto enabled nano-transaction games.

Not that farming literal sweat and shit in Project Entropia back in the day wasn't fun.
 
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